Golden Waves

The Golden Waves

You’ve probably seen beautiful photos of the sensuously sculpted frozen sand hills. These formations called “The Waves” “The Sands of Time” or North Coyote Buttes. It is actually located in the Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness area, Utah-Arizona border.

The golden waves or the Wave 2 is a sandstone rock formation, the formation is situated on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes is well–known among hikers and photographers for its colorful, undulating forms and the difficult hike required to reach it. Due to the fragile nature of the formation and the large number of people wishing to visit it, a daily lottery system is used to dispense only ten next–day permits in person at the Kanab visitor center. Additionally, ten online permits for each date are available four months in advance of a planned trip. The number of people allowed into the area is strictly limited. Details on how to apply for the permit are given at Paria Canyon-Coyote Buttes

If you are just photographers, not experienced hikers, I do not recommend you to solo hiking in this area, especially hiking at late evening or dark night. You should be accompanied in a group with an experienced leader.

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